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Tottenham vs. Arsenal

White Hart Lane

22/01/08

19:45GMT

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Spurs V Arsenal

Arsene Wenger will once again take a vastly in-experienced team to White Hart Lane on Tuesday as he looks to take his team to a second consecutive Carling Cup final.

For Arsenal it's a chance to blood some youngsters and for Arsene Wenger to see what his kids are capable of. For Juande Ramos and Tottenham it's a chance to get a rare win over Arsenal and progress to a Cup final.

Arsene may have to play one man that he would like to rest. William Gallas is on standby to play, as he is the only fit centre back at Arsenal at the moment.

It's amazing what one result can do to the stats. It my last preview I mentioned that Arsenal had drawn half of their last 6 games. Today I inform you that Arsenal have won two thirds of their last six. Last six (all comps): P6 W4 D2 L0

The stats look quite the opposite for Arsenal's opponents. They've won only two of their last six. Last Six (all comps): P6 W2 D2 L2.

Vital Quotes:

Gus Poyet's comments in the build up to the game should make Gooner's realise just how important this game is to Tottenham. Juande Ramos' right-hand-man claims this is their biggest game of the season so far: 'I hope there will be a bigger game than this - in the final - but for now at this moment it's the biggest game of the season for different reasons.

'It's all about making sure we get to the final - we believe we can and if we do it's going to be a great night for everyone.

'I won't have to say anything to the players, it's a perfect night for them to be involved - everyone will be desperate to play in this game.'


Poyet also says it doesn't matter how his side reach the final: 'Everyone knows we haven't beaten Arsenal for a very long time.

'We are convinced we can win and reach the final, it doesn't matter how.'


Arsene Wenger speculated about the reasons for Tottenham not beating Arsenal for nearly nine years: 'They played well in the first leg, we want to pay them back and qualify.

'The draw continued our long unbeaten run against Tottenham and I don't know why it should be that they haven't beaten us for more than eight years.

'They have always had good teams in that period, but we have been fighting for the title a lot in that time so we always have a high focus.

'Maybe after a while it becomes psychological as well.

'We will go there positively, looking for the win, and they will be too, so it is set up nicely.'

Tottenham Team News:

Darren Bent is still out with a ligament injury, while Bale, Assou-Ekotto and Gardener are all still out.

Steed Malbranque is back for Spurs after serving a suspension, while skipper Ledley King should return after being rested against Sunderland at the weekend.

Player to watch: Jermaine Jenas

Ashley Cole's special friend has made a nasty habit of scoring against Arsenal, and being a general pain in the arse. His experience will count for something tomorrow depending on Arsene Wenger's team selection.

Arsenal Team News:

Arsene Wenger has admitted he has no choice but to play William Gallas on Tuesday. That's down to the fact that Toure and Song are away on international duty, while Djourou and Senderos are both injured. Justin Hoyte could partner Gallas after impressing there against Tottenham in the last leg. That would free up Gilberto to play in centre midfield.

Wenger confirmed before the game: 'I will rotate the squad which means those that didn’t play on Saturday will play at Tottenham and after that I will complete it with first-team players. I will use William Gallas because I have no choice but Fabianski will play, Hoyte will play and the players that didn’t play against Fulham will all play. Walcott will feature as well.'

Robin Van Persie is still missing as he recovers from his thigh injury in Holland.

Player to watch: William Gallas

It's not often I pick a defender as Arsenal's player to watch, this may even be the first time.

His leadership skills will be absolutely key if Arsenal are to progress to the final. He is a big game player and Wenger will be hoping that he can become that 'forgotten striker' again if things don't go our way.

Match Prediction:

I'm afriad my prediction will not make me too popular on Vital Arsenal, but I'm here to give my opinion, not tell people what they want to hear. My money is on Spurs to progress. Arsenal were shappy for the majority of the first leg, and were rather lucky not to get beat. With Spurs at home, and their first team playing an Arsenal side comprised almost entirely of second string players, I think they'll edge it. Sorry Gooners, 2-1.




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Writer: Nick Simmonett  Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Monday January 21 2008

Time: 7:08PM

Your Comments

I see Dawson, like all the spud players and fans, giving themselves an out/excuse. If they win, they beat Arsenal if they lose, they lost to a squad of internationals, who are very good and can't be called kids. So sad of the small club mentality thats has manifested itself into that clubs physcy (sp?)
LondonGooner
I agree Simmo... :(
Goofle
i don't see our dear neighbours beating us tomm nite. they will take the lead, but F.UC.K. it up again. 3-2 Arsenal..
luckys_10
I'm fully prepared that the scummy gollums will FINALLY get a win and briefly stumble out of the shadow of the mighty Arsenal rubbing their disbelieving eyes, I am however also fully prepared for them to fill their lillywhite y fronts, bottle and choke as per.
nikolaijns
lol, hi scum fans ;-) .... I'll hold my hands and admit that I'm not convinced that we (Spurs) will get a positvie result tomorrow ... obviously I want us to win, but Łuck me I'll be honest ... we never Łucking do. We either play $hit and lose, or play well ... and lose. I think if we are going to beat you we need to some how kill the game off by the end of the first half. We are gonna have to play out of our skin and put away every chance we create ... I'm talking 3-0 up at half time. Then I'll think we've done enough, anything less and I can see us falling apart late on .... hope I'm wrong lol lets be honest, you lot don't really care that much about tomorrows result, but for us its a big game ... shows the current difference between our clubs I guess. COME ON YOU SPURS!!!!!!!! :-)
OnlyOneHotspur
I too think we'll lose. Our time hsa to come at some point, and I'll tell you what, I'd rather lose this game to Spurs than any other. While there is a final at stake, not getting to said final means absolutely nothing (but will still be gutted to lose). Lets look on the brightside though, if Spurs do win ES might cheer up and leave us the ***** alone :)
Rocky7
lol Rocky even that won't cheer him up, he will come up with something or the other to ***** us off and keep him busy..
luckys_10
Ive heard ES has won the lottery and just had sex with all the hollyoak girls, and is still miserable as Łuck! lol
vavavoom14
I dont think it will cheer him up at all Rocky7 he'll proplably find some racist angle in the win and start moaning again that is if they win, which I don't think they will, I'm feeling more and more optimistyc about to morrow as it draws closer, 2-1 to Arsenal me thinks.
Armory
I was pretty confident since the terrible performance against Spurs at home. It was simply so bad that the guys will definitely learn from it. Luckys has a point too - but Spurs have recently improved a bit on screwing things up after taking a lead. We'll see if they get into that old habit again. And I'm more with OnlyOneHotspur on that. And with Simmo's prediction, I'm even more confident.
Lou the Gunneress
i don see no reason why our winning streak should end tomoro.. with a back four of gallas, hoyte, sagna and traore we should be able to deal with keane n berba.. i'd like to see wenger play a 3 man midfiled of gilberto, diaby and denilson and 3 man attack with eduardo, walcott n bendtner.
McGooner
the team can surely not play as poorly as they did in the 1st leg, they can only get better, and the spuddies surely cannot play better than what they did in the first leg. and if we have one or two experience heads on the pitch tomm, there is no reason why we cannot win this one..
luckys_10
There is too much riding on it for them for Spuds not to win and too little for us to risk key players. They have home advantage, an away goal and will field a full strength team against a team we will put out with the primary objective of giving the 2nd string some experience. Let's face it they just have to win. It would be a hoot if we did manage to mug them but I think we'll have to be realistic and let them have their pyrrhic victory and produce their commemorative DVD while we just thank them for the 6 points they have donated this season to the competition that matters.
Amos.
Thinking about this.....is there too much riding on it for Spurs to win? Tottenham are world renouned bottle jobs, they want something so much they just choke....this could help us to the final. As has already been said, I reckon we will lose this game, but wouldn't be at all surprised to win it!!!
Rocky7
I don't know, I have a sneaky feeling about this one. With a makeshift defence, facing the Barbatov/Keane partnership, we're bound to concede somewhere. But I can also see Eduardo/Bendtner scoring. Less likely for Theo's lucky lightning to strike twice, but if he starts up front with Bendtner. If we bring in Cool Eduardo later in the game, I see a decent chance. If Diarra was still around, he could have helped us out in RB - I don't want to see Sagna play while Arsene's already forced to play Gallas and Hoyte in central defence.
Lou the Gunneress
I think we will lose this game, and honestly there is no better game to lose against them. It means less than a packet of chips to us, it means an awful lot to them. All I can say is if they do win I'm steering clear of the Vital network for a few days cos there is no way I will be able to handle the influx of gloating little mongoloids on this site when they dont realise that this means absolutely dick all to us. Then again it is not beyond them to bottle it and lose 3-1.
Ozi Gooner
I can't call it. I reckon 1-1 at full time. Then god knows what will happen...
Real Deal
We gonna be in the final.. simple as that !
Gooner SA
Since when have he Arsenal done what all the experts recken they will?? This is the "against all odds kids" team, and tonite should be no different. Have faith Gooners, Arsene does!
darinb007
eduardo, bendtner, gallas, maybe evevn rosicky They are the ones to watch If anything, they are our match winners these boys dont give us a poor performance twice in a row and don't forgot how much quality and strength they showed against blackburn
yazz
The Independent's reporting that Theo will partner Bendtner up front, possibly giving a chance to Mark Randall in RM. But it's said in the Daily Star (well) that "Tomas Rosicky will not feature, after picking up a knock at Fulham on Saturday, but Alexander Hleb almost certainly will." That's what scares me now.
Lou the Gunneress
randall played for the reserves today, gibbs and traore didn't
49ers
Is Adebayor gonna' play? #"Adebayor ..... Adebayor .... Adebayor .... Adebayor"!!!!!!!#
OnlyOneHotspur
I honestly do not see spur winning, how? IThis Arsenal team always has an answer, whether it be the regulars or the fring players. In any case Arsene knows..........
phreddy
Can't believe we're 1 down after 3 minutes. ******** hell.
simmy8_2000
Bloody hell!! WTF going on??? Where's our defence? Gallas and Sagna both look unassured.... Spurs look like scoring everytime they come forward... The only player who looks confident is Gilberto
WouldYouBelieveIt?!
And what the hell is Diaby doing??? Giving the ball away far too often for my liking!
WouldYouBelieveIt?!
Love some of the posts here......5-1, well done Topfourenham. LOL
Blue is the colour
How´s that FA cup thing coming along btw? LOL
cockeril
 

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